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dc.contributor.authorGarcia-Hernandez, D. A-
dc.contributor.authorKameswara Rao, N-
dc.contributor.authorLambert, D. L-
dc.identifier.citationThe Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 759, No. 1, L21en
dc.descriptionOpen Accessen
dc.description.abstractWe search high-resolution and high-quality VLT/UVES optical spectra of the hot R Coronae Borealis star DY Cen for electronic transitions of the C60 molecule and diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). We report the non-detection of the strongest C60 electronic transitions (e.g., those at ~3760, 3980, and 4024 Å). The absence of C60 absorption bands may support recent laboratory results, which show that the ~7.0, 8.5, 17.4, and 18.8 μm emission features seen in DY Cen—and other similar objects with polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-like dominated IR spectra—are attributable to proto-fullerenes or fullerene precursors rather than to C60. DIBs toward DY Cen are normal for its reddening; the only exception is the DIB at 6284 Å (possibly also the 7223 Å DIB) which is found to be unusually strong. We also report the detection of a new broad (FWHM ~ 2 Å) and unidentified feature centered at ~4000 Å. We suggest that this new band may be related to the circumstellar proto-fullerenes seen at infrared wavelengths.en
dc.publisherIOP Publishingen
dc.rights© IOP Publishingen
dc.subjectCircumstellar matteren
dc.subjectDust, extinctionen
dc.subjectISM: moleculesen
dc.subjectStars: chemically peculiaren
dc.subjectStars: individual (DY Cen)en
dc.titleHigh-resolution Optical Spectroscopy of DY Cen: Diffuse Interstellar Bands in a Proto-fullerene Circumstellar Environment?en
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